Chris Sharma climbing Sleeping Lion at the El Pati sector of Siurana.

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Chris Sharma and Alex Megos on Climbing Sleeping Lion

In March of 2023, Chris Sharma made the first ascent of Sleeping Lion at the iconic El Pati sector of Siurana—a route that is bound to be a test-piece for generations to come. While he …

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Russian climber Vadim Timonov climbing boulder problem

Vadim Timonov on the First Ascent of Backflip Sit (8C+/9A)

The Russian powerhouse delves into the next-level project and what it’s like to climb in the Djan-Tugan region

Tenaya athlete Vadim Timonov has dedicated three trips to the area to explore and establish new lines. Yet his main goal, he says, was a boulder close to the entrance, which largely went ignored because of its position and difficulty. The Backflip project.

Svana Bjarnason Fish Eye 8c Oliana

An Eye on the Fish | Svana Bjarnason

Despite injury after injury, Svana Bjarnason manages to persevere and send her multi-year project Fish Eye (8c/5.14b) at Oliana, Spain.

I doubted myself a hundred times these past years—my goals, my life choices, my decisions. But deep down I never stopped believing in Fish Eye.

Climber Alizée Dufraisse, Ali Baba Cave, Rodellar, Spain.

Style is a State of Mind

Alizée Dufraisse attacks her climbing weaknesses and comes away with a surprising ascent.

When you face your anti-style, or any type of climbing for that matter, success should not be measured in sends, but in becoming a better climber.

Alex Megos on the first ascent of Bibliographie (9c/5.15d), Céüse, France.

Bibliographie – The Alex Megos Interview

Alex Megos speaks about his longest project to date, how he stayed motivated, and what he learned from the experience.

With this project there was times where the goal seemed absolutely irrelevant and the process was all that mattered.

Chris Sharma Deep Water Soloing

Chris Sharma: Return to Balance

The king of deep-water soloing finds new lines to fuel his soul in Mont-Rebei, Spain.

The beauty of deep water soloing is that it’s such a free form of climbing. You’re out there exploring, and feel like a kid again, climbing up a tree. It’s very playful, spontaneous, and creative.

Alizee Dufraisse trying La Rambla 9a+. Siurana. Pic Josep Malo

Winners of #TheBestSend Competition

The judges have spoken: Here are the top five drawings and stories.

Whether you’re stuck at home or in a van, in challenging times like these, it’s good to reflect on why we love the sport.

Tenaya athlete Alex Megos on Perfecto Mundo (9b+/5.15c), Margalef, Spain. Photo: Ken Etzel.

Locked Out and Loathing in Margalef

Tenaya athlete Alex Megos on his memorable mission to climb Perfecto Mundo (9b+/5.15c).

On the way, we made a fateful pit stop at the supermarket. While Ken and I were distracted by his camera, we didn’t realize the car was broken into, and my climbing pack and camera gear were stolen.